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How To Raise and Train Your Peppermint Shrimp

By April Kirkendoll - Lysmata Publishing (2008)

Raise and Train Your Peppermint Shrimp

If you're interested in breeding marine shrimp, look no further than How to Raise and Train Your Peppermint Shrimp written by April Kirkendoll. This is a relatively quick, no nonsense type book with lots of humor thrown in to keep the subject both interesting and educational at the same time. Simply put, this is for the saltwater hobbyist to learn how to raise saltwater shrimp from eggs to adults. You will learn everything you need to know in order to get at least the peppermint shrimp (Lysmata wurdemanni) to breed. There is also information on the skunk cleaner shrimp (Lysmata amboinensis) and the red fire shrimp (flame shrimp - Lysmata debelius).

List of chapters in How To Raise and Train Your Peppermint Shrimp:

Explains how the author got interested in learning how to breed shrimp.

Shrimp Biology 101
Shrimp anatomy and vocabulary terms you will need to know to help make the rest of the book easier to understand. What makes a shrimp different and a quick introduction to shrimp and how they reproduce. Do you know what the rostrum is or what the pleopods are? There's not really that much to it and you'll learn all you need to know when discussing shrimp anatomy in this chapter.

Breeding Peppermint Shrimp
How to obtain a pair, setting up a spawning tank and what foods to feed the prospective shrimp parents.

The Shrimp Eggs
Details when hatching takes place and what the shrimp eggs look like.

Shrimp Larvae Collection
There are no maternal instincts in shrimp so you have to remove the larvae from the tank or remove the parents before they eat the larvae. The author gives some options on how to go about doing this.

The Shrimp Larvae
Talks about the various stages (weeks) in the larvae development.

Building the Shrimp Nursery
Provides information on how to set up the rearing tank for your new baby shrimp.

Larval Shrimp Care
How to properly care for and raise the shrimp larvae to adults.

Foods and Feeding
How to hatch your own brine shrimp, feeding peppermint shrimp larvae (part A), growing juvenile brine shrimp, feeding peppermint shrimp larvae (part B), growing brine shrimp to adult size (5 mm to 1 cm), alternative foods

This is a cool section that basically summarizes the first part of the book. You could use this as a quick reference as you try your hand at raising your own shrimp.

A troubleshooting chart that lists problems, possible causes and their solutions.

Training Your Shrimp
I like the author's warning at the beginning of this section: "WARNING: This section may convince your family that you need professional help". The tricks include teaching the shrimp to eat out of your hand and teaching them to let you pick them up or cup them in your hand.

Notes on Other Shrimp Species
Information on the striped cleaner shrimp (skunk cleaner shrimp - Lysmata amboinensis) and the flame shrimp (red fire shrimp - Lysmata debelius).

A Note on Commercial Breeding
The author provides tips and advice for those that want to take it to a commercial level. You'll need to know how many gallons and tanks you'll need to get set up, issues you may encounter, growing enough foods for shrimp larvae, setting a price point for sales and the expenses of raising them at home.

A Request
The author has a simple request to those that can successfully raise their own shrimp to "pass it on". If you find success in raising the peppermint shrimp or another shrimp species, pay it forward and share your information with others in the hobby. This will help lessen the amount of shrimp being collected from the oceans and it will help hobbyists since captive raised shrimp often fare much better in the home aquarium over their wild counterparts.

This is a fun and quick read and you'll know what it takes to breed shrimp in no time at all. Last time I checked it's going for $15 on Amazon but not available on the Kindle yet. I give this book 5 stars. 5 stars

Author : Mike FishLore

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Rating Information
Review Title: How To Raise and Train Your Peppermint Shrimp
Reviewed by: Mike FishLore
Summary: Book review of How To Raise and Train Your Peppermint Shrimp.
Description: If you're interested in breeding marine shrimp, look no further than How to Raise and Train Your Peppermint Shrimp written by April Kirkendoll.
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.

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